Vienna in a global context

Many rankings and studies place Vienna among the best cities worldwide in the areas of infrastructure, housing, innovation and culture.

Panoramic view over Vienna's roofs at sunset

Vienna ranks first in a renowned international quality of life comparison between cities:


Studies and city comparisons - overview

Ranking

Title

Year

Language

1 of 173

The Global Liveability Index - Economist

2022

English

1

Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2020

2022

English

1 of 10

"World's 10 Greenest Cities 2020"

2020

English

1

Netexplo Smart Cities 2020 Prize - UNESCO

2020

English

1 of 231

Quality of Living Ranking - Mercer

2019

English

1 of 153

Smart City Index - Roland Berger

2019

English

1 of 25

Best Cities For Startups - PeoplePerHour

2019

English

2 of 113

Prosperity and Inclusive City Seal and Award (PICSA)

2019

English

2 of 115

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022: Performing Arts

2022

English

2 of 50

Anholt-Ipsos City Brand Index: Place

2022

English

Lifestyle Rank: 3 von 150
Overall Attractiveness: 9 von 150

Global 150 Cities Index - AIRINC

2022

English

6 of 100

Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index 2022: People Ranking

2022

English

7 of 25

Europe's greenest capital cities - Compare the market

2020

English

7 of 25

Quality of Life Survey von Monocle

2022

English

9 of 150

Global 150 Cities Index

2020

English

11 of 59

Schroders European Sustainable Cities Index

2021

English

16 von 140

QS Best Student Cities 2023

2023

English

19 of 48

Global Power City Index 2021 - Mori Foundation

2021

English

22 of 500

Innovation Cities Index 2021 - 2thinknow

2021

English

24 of 100

2021 Worlds Best Cities - Resonance

2021

English

25 of 156

Global Cities Report - A.T. Kearney

2021

English

What makes Vienna successful?

Quality of life and reputation

  • Affordable housing
  • Access to healthcare system and education
  • Infrastructure: water supply, waste management, electricity supply
  • Dense and affordable public transport network
  • General safety and security
  • Political stability
  • Social stability

The local population and guests both benefit from the good quality of life in Vienna: Seven important questions and answers on the Mercer study (German)

Business and innovation

Vienna was ranked at number 19 of 48 cities in the "Global Power City Index 2021" (GPCI) of the Japanese Mori Memorial Foundation.

Vienna is smart, sustainable and innovative. The city is one of the most attractive locations worldwide for employees and businesses.

Vienna is the smartest city in the world

Culture and tourism

Locals and guests love Vienna’s rich cultural heritage, magnificent architecture and wealth of activities.

Science and universities

Austria's capital is one of the major centres of knowledge in the world. Next to Berlin, it is the largest university city in the German-speaking region.

Further information

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